Tuesday, May 07, 2013

GCSD's New Website: EPIC FAIL!!!


Past Board Members (George Hubbard & Frank Oberg) Unable To Locate 2013-14 Budget On New Site

George Hubbard from Budget Committee lambastes BOE about the budget, their process, lack of questions about certain aspects, messages they are sending to the community, the unavailability of a budget book and the lack of any attention to enrollments and how prepared Greece graduates are (or aren't).

Hubbard questions gap between the approx. $191 million spent for the current year vs. the approx. $206 million budget requested for approval for 2013-14. Julia's response was to  remind him she gave him more than 5 minutes and he needed to finish up so she could adjourn the hearing.

From YNN: "We go budget to budget, year to year but there is never a reference back to what was actually spent ... This year, 2012-13, the estimated year-end spending is going to be $190 or $191 million, next year they say they need $205 million. Uh, that needs some explanation ... I think they know that these are legitimate questions and the community deserves some answers." ~~ George Hubbard

SCATS ~~ You asked some great questions George, but you let them off-the-hook for giving you any answers! That's what always happens to people who try to "play nice" with the dysfunction junction.
   

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I agree it is a epic fail. You can't find anything easily on the new and so called improved version. The dark blue that drops down and takes up my whole screen is ridiculous, if I move my mouse the box appears and flickers every time I try and click on something. The font is too small to read and there are so many drop downs that appear that it is virtually impossible to find anything whatsoever. This was truly money wasted if people actually thought this was going to be a improvement and was going to be easier to locate things. Keep in mind next time the people that will be going to your site like Mr. Oberg and Hubbard and ask yourself if this was going to be easier for them and other community members instead of just making a decision about what looked pretty. Jcpenneys admitted their epic fail in their new marketing strategy and changing the store look and announced they are returning to what the customer wants their old branded style and service. Perhaps Greece could take a page from their book.

SCATS said...

To 10:46PM ~~ The difference between GCSD & JC Penney is the retailer booted their CEO who created the epic fail that cost them ;) GCSD would never do that, because it requires admitting a mistake was made.

Anonymous said...

Didn't they just get some kind of award for the old web site? Why did they change it?

Anonymous said...

Did anyone ever answer or ask the question of how much this new website cost? I don't remember seeing a dollar amount mentioned. I have a sneaky feeling we will be told it was grant funded or that it was a state aidable or some other double talk jargon to make us believe that tens of thousands wasn't wasted on the debacle of a site. She seems very good at distracting people from the truth by downplaying things to seem less significant. I wouldn't be surprised if we never are given a number and if we are it won't be an actual true representation due to their screwed calculation of costs. Where is our watchdog reporter on this? She probally drank the supers koolaid anyhow and would believe whatever amount they throw at her. How can your website be transparent if you don't want to be about the real cost to the taxpayers.


Anonymous said...

Write in C Hubbard for school board.

He is the one that says what he thinks not the one that asks questions.

SCATS said...

To 5:04AM ~~ I suspect you ought to ask him if he WANTS the position first. Also, you need to write out his name: Charles (Charlie) Hubbard. You might also be asked for an address, but I'm not sure.

Anonymous said...

Scats...did you see the article in he D & C about the new website? http://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20130506/NEWS01/305060035/Greece-school-district-website...

Not only is it an epic fail it is an epic waste of money. Mr. Henley was interviewed in the article and states the cost of the website revamping was a mere $4,000. However if you read between the lines he states that that was after aide which is at approximately 80 percent. That aide is not free money , taxpayers still pay for that, it is just a sneaky way for the district to get things they want without having the board approve them. They hide all sorts of services through this process. Extra workers..web revamps..the list goes on and on without any approvals needed. So if you do the math the cost of this new piece of work is closer to 25,000. Money poorly spent and in a very non transparent way! Who's bright idea was this? Certainly not the unknowing taxpayers!

SCATS said...

To 11:08PM ~~ I don't recall ANY mention at a BOE meeting that a new website was needed for ANY reason. I do not recall any approval for that expenditure, either. I do however recall them patting themselves on the back for the fact that the old website recentlt received an award.

The worst part is that after the 80% is "rebated" it goes into the general fund to get spent on anything they want, which truly makes it "free money" to them.